WWE has received some criticism this week from the right-win media, claiming that the new anti-immigrant Zeb Colter character is being done to mock the ultra conservative Tea Party movement.
Brian Flinn, WWE Senior VP of Marketing and Communications, issued the following statement to the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday addressing the situation:
“WWE has a long history of creating fictional characters that serve as either protagonists or antagonists, no different than other television shows or feature films. To create compelling and relevant content for our audience, it is important to incorporate current events into our storylines.”
“WWE is creating drama centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view to develop a rivalry between two characters,” he adds. “This storyline in no way represents WWE’s political point of view. One should not confuse WWE’s storytelling with what WWE stands for, similar to other entertainment companies such as Warner Bros., Universal Studios or Viacom.”
Here is a report on FOX News, with their pundits debating the Zeb Colter character: